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Take Your Contemporary Dining Room to the Next Level

contemporary dining roomDid you know that Americans are starting to dine in the dining room less and less? Instead, many people are going to the couch or bed to eat their dinners. You might be able to solve this problem by learning a little bit about contemporary dining room design.

If your dining room feels cramped and uncomfortable, no one will enjoy eating their meals there. On the other hand, if you find a way to bring together attractive contemporary dining room sets, use the right lighting, and use the right color palette, your family might start flocking to the dining room again. But what can you do to really take your dining room to the next level? Keep reading to find out.

Use the Right Lighting

When you’re in the dining room ready to eat, the last thing you want to do is be bombarded by bright and unpleasant lights. Bright lights are one of the worst things you can have in the dining room. Not only are they irritating but they can also distract you from conversations with your family and friends and, of course, they can distract you from your food.

When deciding on a contemporary dining room set, you will always want to make sure that your lighting matches the overall style. You won’t want to have a modern dining room with rustic lights that don’t match. The problem with contemporary lights, however, is that they tend to be on the brighter side and many use LED bulbs which are especially bright.

Of course, you could install a light dimmer on your light switches to fix this problem, but that won’t fix the problem of the decor. Contemporary dining room chandeliers might be the answer. Many people think that chandeliers are light fixtures from a bygone era and are only meant for mansions and other large homes.

However, this is not true at all. Chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes and they don’t all look like those over-the-top crystal or glass chandeliers. Instead, you will find that modern chandeliers are much more streamlined and attractive.

They also come in different sizes so you can fit one into your dining room even if you don’t have a very tall ceiling. The shapes of the chandeliers are also unique and can vary from large bulbs to glass tubes and more. The appeal of the chandelier is that not only is it able to provide a light that’s not too bright but it also acts as a central focus of your dining room decor.

Use the Right Colors

Beyond contemporary dining room lighting, choosing the right colors for your dining room is also important. Choosing the right colors does not stop at the colors of the walls, ceilings, and floors either. You will also need to think about the color of the furniture and decorations you have in the room.

After all, if the whole room is painted in a certain way and your furniture colors clash, the room isn’t going to look good. Color is especially important for the dining room because it is a space in which you want to feel hungry. You’re not going to feel very hungry if you’re in a room full of unappetizing colors.

The first thing you should keep in mind is that too many colors in one room are not a good thing. When there are too many colors in one room, the room can start to feel cramped and frantic. Since the dining room is a place in which you want to relax and enjoy your meal, you will want to opt for more calming colors.

While white is one of the most popular shades for contemporary home styles, it may not be the best for the dining room. White is great for open spaces such as the living room, but when it comes to the dining room, white can feel a bit cold and unappetizing.

Neutral colors work very well in dining rooms because they don’t clash and they can make the room feel more open without making it feel cold. For example, beige or olive green work well for dining room furniture as well as paint colors. You will want to avoid bright colors such as orange or red since they can be distracting and even stressful to the eyes.

Use Comfortable Furniture

Many people get so wrapped up in creating the most visually appealing dining room that they forget that comfort is also an important factor. For example, while you might be in love with a certain set of chairs based on their appearance, you will need to think about how comfortable they will be to sit in for an hour or two.

This is especially true if you often have company at your house. You won’t want your guests shifting around in their chairs because they can’t find a comfortable spot. More than that, if your family is uncomfortable in the dining room, they might retreat back to the couch to eat dinner.

Fortunately, there are many options to choose from when it comes to dining room chairs that are both stylish and comfortable. For the best results, you should try the chairs for yourself when shopping in a furniture store. That way, you can know if the chairs are really as comfortable as they claim to be.

How to Improve Your Contemporary Dining Room

When designing a contemporary dining room, you will want the space to be stylish and comfortable. By choosing the right lighting, colors, and furniture, you can accomplish this in no time.

To learn more about choosing the best furniture, contact Michelangelo Designs today for more information or an in-person visit to the showroom.